For my birthday last year, my husband got me a mini trampoline. FYI, best gift ever. I’d pined after it when I started hearing about the many health benefits of “rebounding,” particularly in the way of postpartum health. Rumor has it that rebounding exercises, such as jumping on a mini trampoline, can help improve the strength of the pelvic floor and works to help with postpartum depression.
I use my trampoline in waves. I recently started using it again regularly since I haven’t been running. Whew. It’s a surprising workout. For one, it’s a super fun workout. I spend about 25 minutes jumping while watching shows on Netflix. Currently, I’m enjoying Desperate Housewives, but that’s an irrelevant tidbit of info. 25 minutes on my mini trampoline equates to approximately 300 calories burned. Again, it’s fun. Three hundred calories; that’s number two. Number three surprising fact, rebounding is proving to be a bit of a core and mid-upper back workout. Because of the whole having two kids, I stay in a constant Kegel while jumping. TMI? Sorry. It’s true, though! I haven’t figured out entirely why my back feels like it’s had a workout. I suppose it’s possible it’s sore from something unrelated.
The other day, a family member commented on the many health benefits of using a mini trampoline, particularly with the lymph system. I Googled it, and was pleasantly surprised to find out not only can it improve your lymph circulation, but also an abundance of other health benefits. Check it out.
The benefits of using a mini trampoline as part of a healthy lifestyle include:
– 68% more efficient than jogging (NASA, Journal of Applied Physiology 49(5): 881-887)
– Fights fatigue by strengthening the glandular system to increase the capabilities of the thyroid gland, the pituitary gland and the adrenals.
– Rebounding has a natural analgesic effect on the body which helps to relieve joints and pain in the neck, back, and head through the increase of circulation and oxygen flow.
– Conditions and strengthens the heart which allows the resting heart to beat less often. This in turn sends a stronger surge of blood through the veins.
– It provides an extremely effective ‘no impact’ exercise – especially important for those with less mobility or undergoing rehabilitation.
– Rebounding has been found to lower elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
– It increases metabolism which assists the body in burning more calories.
– One of the primary causes of aging is the declining performance of the heart and circulatory system. Rebounding is incredibly effective in increasing the performance of both the heart and the circulatory system and thus slows the aging process.
– Rebounding specifically stimulates the flow of lymph fluid through the lymphatic system. The change in gravitational forces allows for greater blood flow and this increases the amount of waste and toxins flushed from the body. Rebounding can increase lymph flow by up to 15%!
– Rebounding has also been found to enhance digestion, relaxation, sleep patterns, nerve impulses and muscle fiber.
– Blood pressure can be significantly reduced by rebounding. This is achieved by boosting the muscle tone of the middle arterial muscles and the improvements to the circulatory system.
I might just have to make rebounding a regular part of my life…